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Movie Review: “Dumb and Dumber To”

Movie Review: “Dumb and Dumber To”
(L to R) JIM CARREY and JEFF DANIELS reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: ?Dumb and Dumber To?.

“Dumb and Dumber To” is, as the name suggests, unapologetically dumb. Unfortunately, it has the regrettable power to generate laughter in its mortified audience. “Dumb and Dumber To” doesn’t attempt to be anything it’s not. Don’t be deceived by the numerous second grade-esque fart jokes--this film, with its crude humor, is not suitable for any second grader.

The film focuses on Harry's (Jeff Daniels, “Good Night, and Good Luck”) and Lloyd’s (Jim Carrey, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) journey across the country to find Penny, (Rachel Melvin, “Zombevers”) the daughter Harry never knew he had. This road trip is raunchy, strange and features a cat named Butthole.

Along the way the duo obtains a valuable package that they must deliver to Penny. Unfortunately, given the value of the package, Harry and Lloyd attract the attention of a couple of assassins (Laurie Holden, “The Mist” and Rob Riggle, “21 Jump Street”).

Legitimately funny and clever quips are few and far between. This film was made for the fans, quite literally. It was fan support for a sequel that propelled “Dumb and Dumber To” into theaters. Upon exiting the theater, many seemed to be of the opinion that the film was actually better than its predecessor.

Daniels and Carrey bring nothing new to the comedy genre. Carrey acts aggressively strange as usual and Daniels is equally ridiculous. Watching the sequel, one can’t help but wonder once again which character, Harry or Lloyd, is the dumber of the two. This question is perhaps the most stimulating in the entire series.

“Legitimately funny and clever quips are few and far between."

If you’re looking for a film with any sort of intelligence and ingenuity, look elsewhere. Actually, if you are attempting to find anything but a slap-happy comedy, you probably need to reevaluate your movie choice. This movie is not for the easily offended. Various well-worn racial and gender stereotypes are utilized to full effect producing guffaws in the crowd.

With a script full of unoriginal, tactless jokes, “Dumb and Dumber To” isn’t anything new or particularly noteworthy. Regardless, it still manages to steal the occasional laugh and cackle. If you choose to see this film, and keep these things in mind, you might find that watching “Dumb and Dumber To” is not a completely miserable experience.

“Dumb and Dumber To” (PG-13, 110 min) is now playing in local theaters.

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